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Gargoyle
2005-12-13, 07:29
After running snow for just a few minutes I decided that the falling pattern was annoying me. It has an unnatural bounce that made the flakes stutter.

Since David (the author) was kind enough to include the source, i decided to have a peek. I am no OSX programmer, and objective-c looks like spaghetti to me - however I was able to spot the falling code and I have emailed the change to him maybe we will see an update. :)

Anyway, If you have Xcode and want to make the change yourself then you can follow these instructions...

1.) Copy the source folder from the disk image to your HD.
2.) Open the project in Xcode.
3.) Open the file DRFlakesView.m.
4.) Make the following change to line 118.

//currentFrame.origin.y += (flakeVelocity.y*(timeToCreateFor/280000))*prefs->fallingSpeed;
currentFrame.origin.y += flakeVelocity.y * prefs->fallingSpeed;

ie, comment out the existing line and add the new one below it.

5.) Save the file, and build the project.
6.) If you didn't make any typo's, it should compile with just two warnings (which have nothing to do with my change)
7.) Copy the new Snö application from the "build" folder which should now be in the source folder.
8.) Enjoy smoother flakes.

:D

alcimedes
2005-12-13, 10:10
Or you could make a compiled one and hook those of us up who are both lazy and ignorant. :)

Gargoyle
2005-12-13, 10:20
I guess I could. Since the source was included with the download, and its not like I am trying to pass it off as my own or anything.

Here is the Snö Desktop.app that was created from my compile. I have no idea about the detailed workings of Xcode - It was compiled and works fine on my PowerBook, OSX 10.4.3.

Zippy Zip File (http://www.gargeh.f2s.com/SnowDesktop.zip)

ast3r3x
2005-12-13, 10:53
What's unnatural is the are falling down completely flat...not spinning at all. Plus...honestly, how many times can you actually see the snow flake? It's just white stuff falling down. I want something that looks real.

BA HUMBUG

alcimedes
2005-12-13, 12:03
There's our AN programming deal right there.

Batman
2005-12-22, 21:32
Just a note, the "o" like character in Sno is giving my browser a question mark symbol (�). I'm guessing it has to due with the Applenova upgrade.

Brad
2005-12-22, 21:50
Yeah, the ö character does not have the same binary representation in Latin 1 (the original posts) and UTF-8 (our new system). I'll edit those posts above.

Paul
2005-12-22, 21:59
you mean the umlaut? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umlaut)
test öÖ
I would think the heavy metal umlaut (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavy_metal_umlaut) is more applicable tho, despite the fact that Snö isn't a heavy metal band...

Brad
2005-12-22, 22:16
you mean the umlaut? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umlaut)
The lowercase o with an umlaut, yes.

In the Latin 1 charset, it's 0xF6. In UTF-8, it's 0xC3B6.

pscates2.0
2005-12-22, 22:40
The previous three posts made my head snap and fall off. Thanks guys...great Christmas I'll have now. :err:


:p

Brad
2005-12-22, 22:43
:lol: Alright, mister Skellington.

709
2005-12-22, 23:01
Well apparently Camino needs to get it's shit together as well, because I had to fire up Safari just to see what your User Title was. :\

Batman
2005-12-23, 09:26
Well apparently Camino needs to get it's shit together as well, because I had to fire up Safari just to see what your User Title was. :\
Whose? Brad's user title?

709
2005-12-23, 09:39
Ya. In Camino (1.0b1) it comes up as a series of question marks, but in Safari it correctly displays the true name of God.

torifile
2005-12-23, 10:27
Ya. In Camino (1.0b1) it comes up as a series of question marks, but in Safari it correctly displays the true name of God.
I knew tetris was divine! All those days playing in the altar of the Porcelain God (http://www.tv.com/scrubs/my-porcelain-god/episode/298234/summary.html) and I never knew why I could perform superhuman feats while getting the worst pins and needles ever inflicted on man. Thanks 709! You have shown me the Way!

Batman
2005-12-23, 13:53
Well apparently Camino needs to get it's shit together as well, because I had to fire up Safari just to see what your User Title was. :\
I just checked in all my browsers. Nothing short of a true KHTML or Webkit browser will display it properly. And just a note, this site kills (as in crashes) W3C's "Amaya" browser. But then again, who cares about Amaya?